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SAVOY — About three dozen people have expressed an interest in being Savoy’s new village administrator.

Friday was the deadline for applying for the post that has been vacant for five months since the retirement of Dick Helton.

Mayor Joan Dykstra said she expects to receive the recommendations of paid consultant Mark Peterson of Northbrook early next week.

“He will help us prioritize, in terms of qualifications, and find the best fit,” she said.

With concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Dykstra said she, other trustees and department heads will conduct interviews via videoconference as soon as mid-August, then likely bring the top two or three candidates to the village for in-person interviews.

She’s hoping to have the new administrator, who will shepherd the village of about 9,000, hired by Labor Day. That person will be paid $100,000 to $125,000 a year, depending on qualifications.

Helton served 17 years as village manager before retiring at the end of February.


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